Lately WhatsApp has been working on slew of new features. Earlier this week the company announced a feature that lets you transfer chat history between iPhone and Android. WhatsApp is also working on new multi-device support. The latest WhatsApp feature is ephemeral messages. Once viewed these messages disappear after 90 days.
WhatsApp has rolled out a new disappearing photo for its app. The ephemeral message feature is called “view once” photos. Users can send one-time view photos and videos in chats. These photos or videos can be viewed only for one time, after which they disappear.
One of the most significant drawbacks of WhatsApp Web is that your phone should always be connected to the internet. WhatsApp was rumored to bring in multi-device support that would eliminate the need for a phone. Finally, the multi-device support is now available on the latest Android beta. WhatsApp blog post mentions all the measures taken to maintain security.
After quite a few months of wait, WhatsApp has finally gotten around to adding a native fingerprint lock feature to its Android client. The company had rolled out a similar feature to its iOS client with Touch ID/Face ID support a few months ago. For Android, the feature is still in beta, though it should be rolled out to the public version soon.
WhatsApp has taken its own sweet time but it has finally added native fingerprint lock ability to its Android app. Right now, the feature is in beta but it should be rolled out to the Google Play version of the app within the next month or so.
Earlier this month, WhatsApp added stickers support to its platform. By default, WhatsApp has also added some of its own set of stickers, though it is also allowing developers and designers to release their own sticker packs. So, this means that one can add their own custom sticker packs to WhatsApp. The catch? The process is slightly more complicated than it should be and since sticker support was only just introduced, the marketplace is kind of empty.
WhatsApp has entered into a partnership with Google that will ensure all WhatsApp chat backups are not counted against Google Drive storage quota. With WhatsApp soaring in popularity in many parts of the world, the chat backup size has also increased exponentially for many users especially when one starts backing up their media files to Drive as well.
WhatsApp is built such that it works only with a phone number. This means you need to have active SIM card inside your phone which is verified by WhatsApp to use the messaging.
Back in September last year, WhatsApp announced the arrival of a standalone business app, testing out the service with a handful of merchants. Well, it’s here now, known as WhatsApp Business. This app helps businesses connect with customers in a more effective and efficient manner. This app is only available on Android for now and is expected to be launched on iOS soon.